Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Although it has a stellar record in terms of vehicle problems, initially the 4th generation (2003 - 2009) 4Runner didn't earn our top "Seal of Awesome" rating because it received poor crash test ratings for rear impacts. However it's proven to have one of the lowest driver death rates out of all vehicles (not just SUVs), so we've bumped it back up to our top award.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012010


  • 60,000 miles


My 2005 Toyota 4 runner has become so rusted along the frame and undercarriage that the vehicle is unsafe to drive. I have used the vehicle for highway and normal road use. I bought the vehicle brand new and have never towed anything. My Tundra was purchased at exactly the same time and has been driven under the same conditions. It has no rust problems. There seems to be a problem with the undercoating of some of Toyota's vehicles. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

- Key West, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 162007


  • 12,000 miles
Severe under carriage rust, excessive corrosion of alloy rims, all 5 wheels.

- Devon, PA, USA

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